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Turning Point: History and Lessons Learned from the ’96 Immigration Laws (Webinar)

June 12, 2012

June 22, 2012 at 2pm ET


In 1996 Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). These two laws completely changed the way immigration is dealt with in the U.S. and ushered in the harshest, most draconian and abusive anti-immigrant policies that the country had ever seen.

Fifteen years later, immigrant communities continue to feel the impact of the laws as the government ramps up the policies put in place in 1996. Since their enactment, DWN members and allies have been grappling with how to undo these laws as the climate of hyper-enforcement increases. Last year, in response to increasing detentions, DWN launched a campaign to repeal mandatory detention, a major component of the 1996 immigration reforms.

In order to fully understand both the impact of the laws and opportunities for reform, DWN will host a webinar on June 22 with leading experts to hear about the history of the laws and lessons learned from the struggle against them.


Donald Anthonyson, Organizer, Families for Freedom

Nancy Morawetz, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law

Judy Rabinovitz, Deputy Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

Emily Tucker, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Detention Watch Network

Geoff Valdes, Member, Texans United for Families

Facilitated by: Andrea Black, Executive Director, Detention Watch Network

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We hope you can join us!

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